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The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone #1)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Steve Berry’s The King's Deception and a Cotton Malone dossier.

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned th
Kindle Edition, 528 pages
Published February 21st 2006 by Ballantine Books
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Jeffrey Keeten
The Knights Templars were founded in Jerusalem in 1118 to protect the pilgrims visiting Palestine at the end of the First Crusade of 1096. The full, original name was "The Poor Knights of Christ and the Temple which is in Jerusalem", but the for the sake of this review I will just refer to them as The Templars.


By papal decree only The Templars were allowed to wear the cross patee. The red cross is probably the most famous identifying symbol for the order.

The Templars because of their austere
Jul 21, 2008 Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jill, Karen, Bridget
Steve Berry is the thinking man's Dan Brown. I was immediately impressed after reading The Romanov Prophecy, and The Third Secret. The Templar Legacy does not disappoint. If you enjoyed The DaVinci Code you will appreciate this novel all the more.

Berry mixes a decent understanding of folkore and history in this fast paced quest for the real Templar Treasure." He even takes a decent pot shot at all the conspiratroialists and others who have made fortunes off a well-documented hoax.

The book's ide
Oct 21, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe not quite a 4 star read, it dragged a bit in places & was quite long, but Berry certainly did his historical homework & came up with a great conspiracy. If you're not familiar with some of it, as I wasn't (I looked up more online.) he had a great author's note at the end that covered the main points.

While about religious people, orders, & conspiracies, Berry took a great secular look at it all, but wasn't insensitive to religious folks. He didn't berate the Gospels for their in
I enjoyed this tale; I have just recently 'discovered' Berry (I read "The Third Secret" in August), but the mister has been enjoying him for some time now..

In a sort of Cliff Janeway–meets–The DaVinci Code story (although, much better told, in my opinion), we follow “Cotton” Malone, one-time federal agent with an eidetic memory and now a Copenhagen-based bookseller, as he becomes unwittingly involved in a search for the Great Devise, an ancient Templar archive that supposedly disproves the Resur
Oct 15, 2007 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
once again i'm longing for half stars (2 vs. 3). i'm settling on this just being ok/2 stars, though, because:

- the dialogue is not afraid to spell things out. as in, explaining the obvious, in a predictable, simplistic manner
- the actual storyline meanders a little too much, at least for my taste in historical thrillers. i'd like these books to be, i don't know, thrilling.
- there were a couple of spelling/grammar errors. true, it could happen to anyone. true, it's an enormous pet peeve of mine i
Jan 02, 2009 Lidia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I took this from my dad hoping for a mindless read. Instead I somehow forced myself to finish the book. The entire point of which could be distilled into one paragraph.

Oh man, the characters were lame the narrative was all over the place (seriously, do we get to read everyone's mind?). The religious and historical information was TOO much for mass market fiction. If I wanted a true history of the Templars I wouldn't be reading fiction pal. You're either history or Indiana Jones, you can't have
Jesse A
Dan Brown esque. Interesting thriller with the seemingly sole intent of challenging pre conceived historical beliefs. Long spots of historical info dumps, which I found interesting but could bore some. Entertaining at least.
Sep 12, 2007 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has served us well, this myth of Christ. — POPE LEO X

The above appears on the back dust jacket of The Last Templar and as an epigraph for The Templar Legacy. Fascinating, isn't it? My initial reaction upon seeing it for the second time, having just brought home The Templar Legacy, was, oh no, it's the SAME BOOK! Really, though, aside from both dealing with lost Templar treasure and the possible non-divinity of Christ, they're quiet different novels. (I may have even enjoyed this one more than
Benjamin Thomas
This is the first of the Cotton Malone series. The author, Steve Berry, has been described as "the thinking man's Dan Brown" and I can see why. I am certainly no biblical scholar but the book seemed to be well researched and real world mysteries are dealt with in a plausible way. I do wish, though, that readers who are offended by anything that challenges their religious views would just avoid those novels in the first place rather than read them and then trash the book's viewpoint.

I enjoyed lea
Sep 08, 2012 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Da Vinci Code fans looking to further fuel their arsenal of anti-Jesus "facts"
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The Templar Legacy
1 Star

This is my third attempt at reading this book and its time to call it quits.

The main character is interesting enough and the plot has potential, but it moves along at a snails pace with excessive descriptions of the scenery (villages, buildings, forests, gardens, etc.) and the innermost thoughts of each and every character most of whom I couldn't care less about.

Enough is enough!
Mike French
Apr 18, 2015 Mike French rated it really liked it
My first Steve Berry novel and it will not be my last. Even though I not into the Knights Templar,I found the book enjoyable and entertaining from start to finish!
John Yelverton
Oct 07, 2011 John Yelverton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Total load of garbage from the beginning of the book until the end. This book was not even worth the paper it was written on.
Mike (the Paladin)
Sep 13, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I suppose this is what might be called a "thriller" however I have hesitated to put it on that shelf. I hesitate because there are very, very few thrills in the book.

I've hit a string of mediocre books lately. These are all books I've been looking forward to but once I got into them they were at best, "yawn-worthy". This one is that way.

We start out on what has become well trodden ground since The Da Vinci Code. Again we're off on an adventure to track down the "real history" of things, in this
This was an enjoyable read. I liked it, I thought it was well written, it kept me in suspense, there were twists and turns, and it was interesting. (Although if you don't like fictional books that question the Bible or faith then this book is NOT for you!) It's a very Dan Brown kind of book (that I think is a bit...only a bit...more realistic.) I wavered between 3 and 4 stars for this one and settled on three.

I settled on three because
-At times the books gets very preachy/too lecture like.
Ben Chenoweth
Mar 24, 2011 Ben Chenoweth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should have known: this is, after all, an attempt to muscle in on Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code territory. Lots of anti-New Testament material here! Oh, how I wish authors who want to write books in this "genre" would do wider research. Berry refers to Bishop Spong, for crying out loud! In my opinion, one book by N. T. Wright (Resurrection And The Son of God) would have been enough to alter the ending of Berry's book for the better. If you are looking for an escapist page-turner, then this book ma ...more
Katherine Coble
Feb 01, 2010 Katherine Coble rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I got this for free on Amazon Kindle.

It's worth what I paid for it. I couldn't make it past the first 80 pages, which were an obvious attempt to not only ride the coattails of The DaVinci Code but to also build a franchise around the main character. The fact that I came here to update my review and see that the goodreads title lists it as "Cotton Malone #1" pretty much seals the deal on that.

I grow very weary of these action franchises, and more than one speculative fiction author (James Rolli
Alex is The Romance Fox
I'm not going into the the whole story line as the synopsis gives us a lot of information on that.

This is the 2nd time I have read this book...I decided to start the whole series again as I have now copies of his later books.

I enjoyed it a lot and what makes this series interesting for me is the hero, Cotton Malone - love his name and also the amount of research done for the story....though at times, I felt bombarded with so much all at once....but I am liking getting into this series again.
Jul 04, 2012 Billy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I found this book after reading The Da Vinci Code. I was enthralled from cover to cover and have found through this book, The Da Vinci Code and 1 other book that I am now a closet Templar conspiracy theorist.

Well written with good plot twists and suspense. Steve Berry is a gifted author with a special talent for suspense and history.

Historical fiction lovers will get plenty from this book. Suspense lovers will not be disappointed. There is even some blood for the horror fans. I guess the only pe
I saw that someone called Steve Berry’s Cotton Malone series as a thinking man’s Dan Brown; then I think about Umberto Eco’s Foucault's Pendulum. While I did find The Templar Legacy far more enjoyable than expected, it was still very much in the style of Dan Brown. The pacing and characters were decently written and the story would be controversial for someone that would get offended by Religious themes in fiction.

I wouldn’t compare it to Dan Brown anymore more than the fact its set around a co
Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma

There is a book.

The book goes missing.

There comes a man, arrogant as usual, divorced as usual and retired. You know what am talking about.

Then there is a woman, partner to the man, divorced too.

What are they looking for, the book.

Then we have the bad guys, they are killing people for the book.

The story is not as simple as I have put it though. The book is actually interesting. A lot of history to learn and other valuable facts. Kudos to Steve Berry. I never thought I could read this
Mar 19, 2008 Siobhan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fict
US ex-spy searches for the key to the Templar's power through the centuries. Da Vinci Code-y but actually a chapter book and with more fully fleshed out characters. Another series of puzzle-like hoops for the characters to jump through in place of an actual plot.

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Jun 26, 2007 Pamela rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked The Da Vinci Code and want to read something worse
I'm kind of relieved I finished this book because now I can have my life back. The trouble with these historical thrillers is that I CAN'T PUT THEM DOWN. And at the same time I'M HORRIBLY EMBARRASSED to be reading them. So it can be tricky to always be reading a book you want to keep secret.

The Templar Legacy taps into the legend of the Knights of Templars' lost treasure. It's a good premise (I mean, hello, lost treasure), but the puzzles were kind of lame, and the background characters were too
Oct 25, 2009 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action, unfinished
The second straight addition to the unfinished (perhaps forever) shelf. My second "Templar" novel in the recent past. Sorry, Copenhagen is not your basic setting for international espionage. I know, I've been there and the people are just too nice and the city is not that cosmopolitan. After about 10 shootouts/suicides/people thrown out of windows in first 20 pages, I was rolling my eyes at the action. Just too out of place. bye bye.
Feb 20, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one big trip. A puzzle within a puzzle. The author had you guessing who is who and how everyone is related. Then he gives you another puzzle which is why all these people are looking and the last one is the "treasure". Every character figured it out at their own pace. That was a great way to entertain the reader and keep them interested.
The characters were easy to understand even though they had complicated lives.
I wrote about how I was annoyed with Stephanie while I was reading a
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I always enjoy Berry's stories, but he tends to be a bit wordy and heavier on detail than is necessary in some parts of this book. However, it's a good read, and this author always adds fascinating little historical tidbits.
Aug 29, 2014 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, library, 2014
This book had been on my to-read list for quite awhile and I randomly checked it out from the library. It followed up The Shadow of the Wind surprisingly well. From a mystery about books to a story of a bookseller solving a mystery? Meant to be, I tell you! This particular tale was a sort of literary adventure-- smarter and featuring a more interesting protagonist than The Da Vinci Code but not as action-packed or fun as Dirk Pitt (though certainly more realistic). I wanted to be more engaged th ...more
Carl Alves
The Templar Legacy is basically a complete rip off of The Davinci Code, which was not that great of a novel to begin with. It has fewer twists and turns than the original, and is even more convoluted. Furthermore, Steve Berry does not remotely impress me with his writing skill. In The Templar Legacy, a former US Justice Department agent just happens to see a purse-snatcher kill himself by throwing himself off of a tower and slitting his throat just to make sure he completed the job. Cotton Malon ...more
Mark O'Neill
This is the first book starring Cotton Malone and Steve Berry kicks off with Malone getting tangled up with the Knights Templar, long thought dead in their skirmishes with Kings and other enemies, but are actually alive, well and very wealthy in Europe. Their master has just died and they have just elected a new master, who is much more aggressive, more assertive and who wants to claim back the Templars' heritage from those he believes stole it from them. The stage is set for a violent showdown ...more
Karen Brooks
I usually really enjoy Berry's adventures featuring former CIA operative and lawyer, the wonderfully named Cotton Malone, who is now a bibliophile living in Europe, however, this one about the Templars just didn't do it for me in quite the same way. It had the usual ingredients that make Berry's books so readable - great characters, wonderful premise (the Templars fighting between themselves and searching for an object that to them is invaluable), and a quest that if successful can change the na ...more
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Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The 14th Colony>, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King's Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor's Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, T
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